UC Riverside to Host Asterisk Trans* Conference

Deaf activist Drago Renteria and Trans Chorus of L.A. to give keynote speech

UC Riverside to Host Asterisk Trans* Conference Feb. 24 & 25.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Asterisk, and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LBGT) Resource Center at the University of California, Riverside, will present the 3rd Asterisk Trans* Conference on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25. Events will kick off with a keynote speech by deaf activist Drago Renteria, and a performance by Trans Chorus of Los Angeles (TCLA).

“A student once told me that gender is a universe and we are all stars,” said Nancy Jean Tubbs, the director of UCR’s LGBT Resource Center. “This conference is a unique space for us all to be our authentic selves and learn from each other.”

Saturday’s conference events will feature a keynote speech by Isa Noyola of the Transgender Law Center, and performances by #BlackTransMagick’s J Mase III, and Vita E. There will be breakout sessions, and workshops that focus on building communities for trans people and allies, addressing trans health and well-being, and providing education and resources for trans youth advocates.

Renteria is founder of the Deaf Queer Resource Center – a national, nonprofit, resource and information center – and has presented on LGBTQ issues nationwide. Noyola is a leader in LGBT immigrant rights, and the director of programs at Transgender Law Center. J Mase III is a blogger for The Huffington Post, author of “If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I was the Fiercest Poet Around,” and “And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment and Inappropriate Jokes About Death.” Vita E is the founder of TWOC Poetry, a brand and YouTube channel focused on experiences as a trans woman of color.

People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to attend. Events on Friday, Feb. 24 are free and open to the public, and will be held in HUB 302. Saturday’s conference events require registration, and will be held on the second and third floors of the HUB. Certified ASL interpretation is provided for all keynotes, performances, and workshops. Online registration is open until Friday, Feb. 17, and on-site registration is also available. Complimentary event parking is provided in Lot 1. For more information about the event, please contact Nancy Jean Tubbs, the director of the LGBT Resource Center at (951) 827-2267 or nancy.tubbs@ucr.edu.

The conference is co-sponsored by the California Endowment, UCR’s Associated Students Program Board (whose participation doesn’t endorse of the views and opinions expressed), the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and supported by Asian Pacific Student Programs, Chicano Student Programs, and the Highlander Empowerment Referendum.

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E-mail: nancy.tubbs@ucr.edu.

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